If the statisticians are correct, and American adults really do get to make over 35 thousand choices every single day, I should be much better at choosing than I am. Maybe you feel this way as well, for rarely are our decisions simple and uncluttered. Like author and speaker Lucinda Secrest McDowell, we often find that we are struggling between two equally good things. Therefore, it’s not a matter of which is the “right” answer, but rather, the challenge is “to distinguish what matters most.” (1)
Life-Giving Choices: 60 Days to What Matters Most is McDowell’s collaboration with the Apostle Paul in challenging believers to seek “a way of life that is best of all.” In her 60-day devotional, she provides a grace-soaked check list of suggestions.
When you’re making a choice, in all your choosing:
Some of her exhortations will come with a price:
Choose to listen!
And there are choices that will change the lives of others, even as our own hearts are molded:
Choose to encourage!
Simple and Soulful
In addition to delightful anecdotes from the lives of the “Greats” (including C.S. Lewis, Fred Rogers, and Elisabeth Elliot to name a few), Lucinda writes from the deep well of having practiced what she preaches. Her stories illustrate that some of our most important choices may come when we are hanging out with a three-year-old, or when we are sharing lunch with a friend, or when we have taken on the herculean feat of cleaning out our overstuffed closet. Sixty days of simple yet soulful meditations on life-giving choices clears away the clutter of indecision or purposeless drifting.
Will you accept the challenge to bring the big picture question “What Matters Most?” to the choices you are facing today?
Many thanks to New Hope Publishers for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
Going forward in grace,
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